The News

Officer Doug Kibodeaux of the Beaumont Police Department released details and suspect descriptions in two weekend robberies.

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Isaiah Rideaux

According to Officer Doug Kibodeaux of the Beaumont Police Department, at 10:49 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, a male subject entered  A&E Billiards at 1705 College in Beaumont as it was about to open for business. Once inside, he confronted the manager, demanding money. The subject displayed a handgun. The store manager, who has a concealed carry permit, attempted to draw her own pistol; however, the suspect stopped her by pointing his weapon at the manager’s face, and then disarmed her.

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3210 N. Willowood Lane

On Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, shortly after 7:30 a.m., Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to 3210 N. Willowood Lane when a tree fell onto a house and caused a small fire. The occupant of the home was able to escape without injury.

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When the dust settled in the arena and the last bull was corralled at the end of the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas recently, two cowboy heroes from Southeast Texas stood in the international spotlight. Cody Teel, now 20, of Kountze was named the best bull rider in the world and Beau Schroeder, 25, of Nome was fourth in the world. Schroeder had the best average for the 10 events in Las Vegas and brought home two belt buckles, a new saddle and a check for $181,871.

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After suffering a childhood of neglect and abuse, many children funneled through the maze of Texas’ foster care system have few options. In a down economy, children often suffer the most. Their parents are sometimes too poor or not equipped to raise a child in a manner the state sees fit.

The numbers of such children are on the rise in Jefferson and Orange counties, up from more than 200 in 2007 to 358 as of November of this year.

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